Amabelle D Nwakanma, is a passionate servant leader and human services specialist, with over a decade of experience spanning four continents. She has been pivotal to the development and implementation of impactful programs and innovative strategies that promote the psychosocial, health and economic development of people who have been abused and violated, plagued by addictions, mental health challenges, and generally disempowered – with a particular focus on women and children
With a first degree in Behavioural Neuroscience, and postgraduate degrees in Quality Management, and Global Public Health and Policy, she possesses a keen understanding of organizational and human dynamics, adopting a holistic human-centred approach to her style and interventions.
As a highly valued consultant, facilitator and speaker, Amabelle devotes much of her efforts to empowering women, advocating against gender-based violence, sexual exploitation and human trafficking in Nigeria. Her endeavours have included being a host member of the Lagos Anti-trafficking Stakeholder Network, co-hosting the 1st National Anti-trafficking conference in Nigeria, moderating the prestigious annual Orange Lecture to combat gender-based violence, training stakeholders, initiating public-private partnerships to empower survivors, and creating an ongoing initiative tagged Project B.R.E.A.K© (Behavioural Remodeling via Engagement, Advocacy and Knowledge) aimed at breaking behavioural/ cultural cycles that contribute to human trafficking, gender-based violence and other detrimental practices. In 2019, she began spearheading the establishment of a forum of shelters and safe houses in Nigeria, to amplify the impact of reintegration and recovery services. She is also working on implementing a long-term comprehensive shelter and resource centre model for survivors, which she believes will set a high bar for service delivery on the continent.
She is also committed to strengthening the local systems that respond to the scourge of human trafficking and other social ills, and is dedicated to ensuring apposite recovery, reintegration, and empowerment programs to meet the short and long-term needs of survivors. To that end, she sits on several boards and spearheads initiatives, working closely with public, private, and civil society bodies to increase their overall effectiveness and impact as service providers. Her areas of expertise encompass program management, behaviour management, strategy development, psycho-social development, capacity building, performance coaching, and personal development.
Amabelle is powerful social change agent and uses her positive can-do attitude to inspire others to take action and succeed. She draws on her faith as the foundation for who she is personally and professionally. And is an ambivert who enjoys networking and socializing, but also welcomes getting lost in a good book during quiet solitude. Her other personal pleasures include karaoke singing, travel adventures, and drinking coffee at any time of day. A Kenyan-born Nigerian-Canadian, Amabelle considers herself a true global citizen.